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it's wednesday, march 23rd. coming up on "early today," as the search for terror suspects in brussels terror attacks continues. and the split primary contest in three western states. a special edition of show starts right now. good morning everybody.
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right now a massive manhunt is underway. police believe these are the men behind the airport explosions. he is on the run. police say he fled the scene after the explosions and just in, nbc news has confirmed the names of the two attackers on the left as brothers. authorities say they blew themselves up. counter terrorism officials say that the men wielded suitcase bombs, two exploded, the third later did not. overnight, raids yielded what is believed to be a bomb making factory. and isis flag was also found. isis has claimed responsibility for the attack. hundreds more injured. bill neely reports. >> reporter: terror in the airport terminal. it's 8:00 this morning moments
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a stroller lies abandoned. a survivor says stay down. through the smoke, a woman cowers, clutching a child. someone yelled help me. then survivors begin running past the bodies and the injured. some in shock and another calling with news she's alive. minutes after the first bomb, another explosion near an airport starbucks. and hundreds are running for their lives. others fled for the tarmac and safety, there was no safety in sight. ceiling tiles falling, dozens injured and at least 11 dead. another bomb was about to strike in the very heart of brussels near the european union's headquarters. 10 after 9:00 and deep underground, a massacre in the brussels' metro.
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flee through the darkness. it's terrifying. they left behind a mangled train car, at least 20 dead, horror on the morning commute. many of those on the train and at the station here have been reading about the first attack at the airport on their phones when the bomb here went off. an american on the next train felt the impact. >> we felt a little gust of wind. my ears popped and we heard thuding. >> reporter: belgium's prime minister called this a dark day and all day president obama has been kept briefed. more than 200 injured, many by shrapnel. this nail is in a men's chest. at least four americans wounded, three are mormon missionary in the hospitals with sclap hrapnel wounds and burns.
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days after the attacks in brussels. right now, the belgium prosecutor's office says they have not yet found evidence linking him or his group. and an american couple still missing. justin and stephanie shults were dropping off stephanie's mother that airport when it happened. she is reportedly safe. claudia, tell us what the atmosphere is like over there. >> reporter: a resident of brussels are waking up to a city still trying to cope with the horrific horrific, shocking events that shook europe to its core yesterday. the airport where two exploesh sive devices went off and we don't know when it will reopen but miles away from here, right in the center of brussels, life is meant to go on as normal.
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belgium authorities want. they opened all the schools. said all the transfer systems will run normally, buses, subway leans. only two subway lines will remain closed. but it's remain to be seen how many will dare to get on the subway because they're aware that the authorities are on the hunt of at least one terrorist part of the command that carried out the attacks yesterday. they have released city tv footage and still in the airport of three men pushing each a trolley with luggages on it are believed to have contained the explosive devices. two went off and one did not detonate. the bomb squad detonated that later on in the day yesterday in a controlled explosion. the man carrying that was pushing that trolley wearing a dark hat is on the lun and the authorities have issued a still of him asking the public to help
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now, of course, there are hundreds of policeman on the hunt for these men but abde abdesalam, being part of the command that carried out the attacks in november managed to hide in brussels steps away frim his family home for four months without the authorities finding him. they only found him last friday. so, the hunt quer carries on while people in brussels try to carry normal. meanwhile, cities around the u.s. have stepped up security in response. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> reporter: in new york's time's square, extrapolice and on bridges and tunnels, more
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and a scramble to turn out oo visible show of force. nation wide fbi agents are stepping up surveillance of terror suspects, on the lookout for possible copy cat attacks at home. they say there's no known threat of a brussels attack. they're overwhelmed trying to track the nearly 7,000 people been to train with isis, compared to the nearly 200 hn 00 have gone or tried to go from the u.s. >> i think it's because of their close proximity to some of the countries of concern. >> reporter: and the fbi has proven adept at stopping puterngsal attacks here. they say they face one big challenge that makes terrorists harder to track. the use of encrypted apps, disposable phones and other ways
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they say the u.s. has a head start, working hard since 9/11 to prevent terror attacks. >> and they keep adapting too. so, this is not a static situation. it will keep moving. it requires united states' security to keep improving. >> that is nbc's pete williams reporting. the attacks had a swift impact across the campaign trail with candidates reacting very different ways. >> i say we have to have strong borders, we have to be very vigilant and careful who we are allow into our country. we are allowing thousands and thousands of people to come into our country and we don't even know where they come from and who they are. they're coming from syria -- excuse me. >> you say you're going to fix that? >> i'm not going to fix it. i'm not going to allow them to come in.
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want to shut the world off, you tell me how high does the wall have to be to keep the internet out? right? you know, that's not the world we live in any longer. we got to take them on, on the internet. >> we need a commander and chief who does everything necessary to defeat the enemy and we need to immediately halt the president's ill advised plan to bring in 10s of thousands of syrian-muslim refugees. >> i strongly disagree. it would be unconstitutional and wrong. we are fighting a barbaric organization killing innocent people. we are not fighting a religion. >> we don't want to create divisions where we say you're a muslm so we're going to keep an eye on you.
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radicalized person that wants to destroy somebody in the west. >> it is good law enforcement to focus on where threats are iminating from and anywhere there's a locusts of radical radicalization radicalization, we need law enforcement reforces directed there, national security forces directed there. >> i don't think we want to be inciting more fears, playing to people 's concerns. so that we turn against one another. i think we have to have a slow, steady, smart, strong response and we don't need to be panicking. and in the democratic arizona primary, hillary clinton handedly defeating bernie sanders. it was a different story in the democratic caucuses. sanders won the utah and idaho caucus. and massive and overwhelming turnout in the state.
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the winner take all arizona republican primary. while in utah, ted cruz is the winner. he actually takes all forty delegates up for grabs. political analysts and best orleans. good morning, ellis. so, before we get to the numbers, did the attacks in belgium have any effect on voting? >> whoever you support, that just convinces you, you were right. if you want a firm hand, hillary clinton might be a person. a more muscular approach, donald trump. and i don't see huge changes. >> well, trump is edging closer to the delegates needed.
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question mark from you. >> i would say we still have a medium question mark. it's certainly not sure while it was a winner take all in arizona, some of the other states will not be. and somebody has to got to keep beating donald trump, as ted cruz did. >> and utah. that was a big win for him. >> and the fact he got over 50%. held kasich down means he gets all of the delegates. everyone last night had a good story to tell except for john kasich but the other four can claim some sort of victory. >> and hillary clinton had a dominating win in arizona. is sanders gaining momentum? because people stand in line for hours to place their vote in idaho? >> the passion is there but he's getting more momentum than delegates. hillary clinton still got a little closer to the ultimate victory she needs.
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numbers still tilt her direction, i'm afraid. >> as always, thanks for joining us today. >> good to see you, betty. let's get a check of your weather. >> very rough day in the middle of the country. dangerous life-threatening weth weather with severe storms and a blizzard in denver. and you'll see wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour. and rain changing to snow and snowy up 25. here's the map showing the winter storm. blizzard warnings from denver to northeast kansas. all the way across nebraska, and right through is wisconsin. here's the snowfall nap. map. it will move through nebraska and how about this? one of the biggest snowfalls we've seen in a while. up to a foot of snow possible
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green bay, aush cosh. and minneapolis are expecting around three and four inches of snow. and more of a wintry mix with minor accumulation and later today, this afternoon to tonight, this is where we get it severe weather outbreak possible. and isolated tornados. and little rock and storms in places like it little rock and later right around memphis. just ahead, how countries are paying tribute to the victims of the belgium bombings. and sad news about infamous
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around the world from paris's eiffel tower to the brandon burg gate in berlin. the empire state building went dark foo to honor the victims. as the world stood in solidarity with the belgium people. in other news. we're following the contra controversial toronto mayor, a video alleged to show him smoking crack cocaine. he later admitted using the drug and was hospitalize ize ized in february for cancer. he was 46 years old. just ahead. new details on the americans injured in tuesday's terror attacks in brussels. you're watching "early today." olay regenerist renews from within... plumping surface cells for a dramatic transformation
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welcome back. there were no reports of any americans killed in any of the attacks. but there were a number of americans injured, including a group of mormon missionaries. sfwlrks >> reporter: at least six americans injured.
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plast. >> reporter: his son mason suffered second degree burns. he was at the airport along with mormon missionaries. all are recovering. ironically, mason was in paris when 130 people were killed and also survived the boston marathon terror attack. >> i think that experience of the chaos and civil unrest prepared mason for whatever experience. >> reporter: for parents, news came pain stakingly slow. these three students were also at the airport during the attack. janet cleary got the call at 3:00 a.m. that lauren and her friends were all safe. >> she called, crying hysterically, that she -- there was a bombing, that she was at the airport and a bomb went off. >> nbc's miguel reporting.
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leading the news in the bbc, brussels attacks. belgium mourns amid hunt for suspect. belgium officials declared three days of national mourning as a large man hunt descended on the city, prime minister urged citizens to show calmness and solidarity. and first victims named as survival stories emerge. and ruiz lives in brussels with her husband and was at the
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in nbcnews.com migration crisis looms in background of brussels terror attacks. national concerns stirred once again over the on-going migrant crisis. in the washington times, pope francis speaks out against blind violence in brussels. and in bloomberg, belgium attacks threaten summer travel. the horror we feel after the s s has sadly become part of the new normal and the world in which we live must still find a way to carry on. here's some final thoughts. >> reporter: so, this is it. >> explosions rocking the airport and the subway system overnight. >> reporter: we click on the tv in the morning to see what's new
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we connect our own dots. the u.s. last arrest last week of the terrorist in belgium. we remember belgium, that neighborhood, troubling. did belgium authorities miss something? did they not turn that place inside out? and if they did, then this is worse than we want to believe. the numbers, the resources, the ability to wreak holy hel whenever possible. we hear the accounts. >> the shock wave was like nothing i've ever felt before. >> reporter: just every day stories turned into stories of survival. california, paris, we hold our loved ones closer and realize this feeling will fade in a few days but we also now know this will happen again. harry smith, nbc news, new york. >> frightening reality. i'm betty nguyen. thanks for watching "early today."
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mark: now on news 5 today, the presidential candidates fighting for votes in tuesday' s round of caucuses. what they had to say about the terror attacks in brussels. lisa: we' re leading the way on yet another serious accident near the combs hehl bridge. what we know so far about the wreck that sent two drivers to the hospital. mark: we have the latest in the deadly terror attacks in brussels. the suicide bombers now identified as the manhunt continues for a third suspect. [captioning made possible by wlwt-tv] >> from cincinnati' s wlwt, leading the way,

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